Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Shelf: Cursed Beauty (A Fairy Retelling #1) by Dorian Tsukioka

A pair of glass slippers that can change her life? When something is too good to be true, it usually is...

Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more.

A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way.

This retelling of the classic Cinderella story will resound with readers of young adult fiction who love paranormal fantasy, fairy tales, and a splash of romance.

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Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka is a wonderfully detailed and well written fairytale retelling. Set in a world where magic is possible, Cursed Beauty is a Cinderella retelling with a twist!

Can I just say how impressed I am with this story? I really, really liked it. Cursed Beauty is essentially a short, but sweet novella however I quite liked what the author has done with the story. The setting and the writing was inviting; it was a quaint fairytale retelling that is perfect as an afternoon read.

I was impressed with the characters in this story. Adelaide had fire and spirit and even Prince Julian was down to earth with a kind heart. There was an actual foundation to their relationship within the story, something you don’t always see with fairytale retellings. Tsukioka did a great job managing to convey so much emotion and depth within such a short story. Don’t get me wrongthere was still the same amount of almost instant-love you expect with these kinds of tales, but Tsukiokan managed to give the perfect amount of depth in order to make the story feel believable; something people sometimes miss.

I thought it very clever the twist on Cinderella Dorian Tsukioka explores. It’s a darker element that makes the story different, as well as the idea that not everyone who seem bad are bad and not everyone who appear good are good.

Lush, magical and a fairytale retelling you’ll breeze through, Cursed Beauty was expertly written and fantastic to read. This is one short fairytale you won’t want to miss!

Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Dorian!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon
My Recommendation: If you're looking for a fun, easy retelling you'll ADORE this.
Cover: Honestly, I don't think the cover does the story justice at all unfortunately.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: As far as I'm aware this is a stand alone tale, but I wouldn't hesitate to try more by Dorian Tsukioka!

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